Updated: October 24, 2014 1:00:37 am
While Dharmendra was one of the most revered heroes from the seventies, and played the macho man to perfection; not many know about his passion for sports. So it did not come as a surprise when he was called to launch the music of Badlapur Boys—Bollywood’s first kabbadi film, in a makeshift at Shahpur near Thane recently. 10,000 people were present at the music launch wherein Rakesh Kumar, the captain of the Indian kabbadi team was felicitated by Dharmendra, who handed him a cheque of Rs. five lakh on behalf of Karm Movies.
“It is a dream come true that I met my idol and I’m sharing the stage with him. It’s like a lifetime achievement,” gushed Kumar. Dharmendra, who also used to play kabbadi, was equally thrilled to felicitate the gold medalist who was instrumental in helping India bag the gold at the 2014 Asian Games. When asked why the actor was called to launch the film’s music, Shailesh Verma, the director and scriptwriter of Badlapur Boys promptly replied, “At the age of 80, he is a youth icon for sports. He used to play kabbadi and even essayed the character of a boxing coach in Apne.”
Slated to release on November 7 Badlapur Boys is a sports drama about poor farmers struggling to make ends meet and how with the aid of kabbadi they resolve their struggle.
“They gave me the landscape of a village and an open space. Accordingly, I gave the music a raw sound, and used different dhols with different skins and sizes. It’s not loud, soft, or triumphant, which gives the sound a unique edge,” explained composer Sachin Gupta. Badlapur Boys has only two songs; one is a happy romantic song sung by Shaan and Mahalaxmi, while the other is a dance song with a rustic feel by Ritu Pathak.
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